Sound and vision blog

14 March 2013

Dave's Wild Life: the winning entry from our short film competition The Sound Edit: Wildlife

Cheryl Tipp, Natural Sounds Curator writes:

Last year the British Library joined forces with IdeasTap and launched a competition which challenged animators, filmmakers and photographers to create a short film inspred by the Library's collection of wildlife sound recordings. 10 sounds were selected, a few of which are featured below:

Drumming calls from a spawning male Haddock

Song of the Black-faced Solitaire

Echolocation clicks of Noctule Bats

Clifftop with seabird colonies

Our 10 finalists (announced in January of this year) were each awarded a cash prize to help create their final films and the winning entry was announced during our Spring Festival. 'Dave's Wild Life' from Samuel de Ceccatty is a fantastic short which follows Dave, an amateur naturalist whose sole aim is to have his own TV show.

Many of the sounds provided by the British Library for the competition occur throughout the course of the film. My favourite has to be the use of the Haddock drumming calls to give a voice to the cranes or, as Dave liked to call them, the Diplodocus longus cranum.

If you'd like to find out more about Samuel's work and how the Library can help filmmakers, visit our Inspired By Creative Industries Blog.

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